Tiafoe, ranked 28th in the world before the tournament, will rise up the ATP rankings and climb into the top 20 for the first time after his run to the last four. But the stakes are much higher for Alcaraz, who will become world No 1 if he beats Casper Ruud in the final.
It would mean Alcaraz would also become the youngest player to achieve the feat, breaking the record set by Lleyton Hewitt back in 2001. The youngster declared he will fight until the very end to reach his goals but refused to underestimate his “unbelievable” opponent Ruud after he defeated Karen Khachanov.
“It’s amazing to be able to fight for big things,” Alcaraz said. “It is my first time in the final of a Grand Slam. I can see No 1 in the world but at the same time it is so far away. I have one more to go but against a player who is unbelievable.
“I am going to give everything that I have. I will have to handle the nerves of being in the final of a grand slam but obviously I am really happy. I am going to enjoy the moment and let’s see what happens.”